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Pak vs Eng 2022-23: Rawalpindi to host first Pakistan-England test as originally scheduled

England’s first Test in Pakistan for 17 years will take place in Rawalpindi, as originally planned. The potential for political unrest, caused by a long anti-government march led by Imran Khan, the former prime minister, had raised prospects of a change to Karachi. Despite the fluidity of the political situation, however, the PCB is confident enough as it stands to go ahead with the original itinerary. That means the first test, starting December 1, will take place in Rawalpindi and the second in Multan, before the series ends in Karachi.

England have been monitoring the situation closely, with ECB security adviser Reg Dickason recently in the country to assess arrangements for the test tour, which follows Pakistan hosting a seven-match T20 series between the two countries in September and october.

Rawalpindi, home to Pakistan’s army headquarters, is next door to the capital Islamabad and has been the scene of protests following the assassination attempt on Khan at a rally more than two weeks ago. Khan escaped with injuries to his right leg and is now planning, with his PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf – Movement for Justice) party, a long march to the capital, demanding new elections.

Amid public protests last week, the Quaid-e-Azam trophy game between Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at Pindi Stadium was first delayed by a day with teams unable to travel from the hotel to the stadium, then abandoned entirely. , and both teams took five points. The latest round of the competition, which started on November 14, featured matches in Karachi, Lahore and Abbottabad, with Rawalpindi not planning to host any more matches.

There is still a certain degree of uncertainty about the situation, derived from the timing of the long march. There is no set timetable at the moment, but the march is supposed to end in Islamabad, the capital. On Friday, Khan told party supporters that he will announce details of when he plans to land the march in Islamabad on Saturday. He has not been part of the march due to his injuries, but he said he will join the march once he enters Rawalpindi, and after consulting the doctors. In an interview with the Telegraph He said he expects “another attempt” on his life unless Pakistan’s Supreme Court takes action.

England spend a week in Abu Dhabi before flying to Pakistan on November 26.

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